Feb 172018
 

VID 2018 Endorsements

VID endorses Gillibrand, Nadler and Maloney_VID membersVID Endorses Gillibrand, Nadler and Maloney, at the February 8th meeting.  The primary for these Federal offices will be on June 26th, with petitioning starting March 6th and a kick-off breakfast on March 3rd at VID headquarters, 26 Perry St., from 10:00 am to Noon.  Congressman Nadler will join us at 10:30am.

 

VID endorses Gillibrand, Nadler and Maloney_Suraj Patel

Suraj Patel candidate for 12th Congress

The membership listened to three candidate representatives and one candidate.  The seat most contested was the 12th Congressional District where Carolyn Maloney is the incumbent.  Challenigng her are Sander Hicks and Suraj Patel.  Ballotpedia provides some comparative background on Congresswoman Maloney and Suraj Patel.  

Rob Gottheim, the Congressman’s District Director spoke for Jerry Nadler; Minna Elias, the Congresswoman’s Chief of Staff spoke for Carolyn Maloney.

VID endorses Gillibrand, Nadler and Maloney_Sander Hicks

Representative for Sander Hicks

 

The Tallies

US Senate – 26 votes for Gillibrand; 5 votes for No Endorsement;  1 vote for Al Franken

10th Congressional District – Unanimous for Nadler

12th Congressional District – 20 votes for Maloney; 17 votes for Patel (17); 0 votes for Hicks; 2 votes for No Endorsement

 

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Feb 162018
 

Ravi Ragbir rally posterAt the February 8th General Meeting VID voted unanimously to support legal status for Ravi Ragbir, as introduced by District Leader Keen Berger.  Many VID Members participated in a rally on his behalf on Jan. 25th. 

Following is the resolution supporting Ravi Ragbir which can also be downloaded here.

VID RESOLUTION SUPPORTING HR4937
FOR PERMANENT LEGAL STATUS FOR RAVI RAGBIR
February 8, 2018

WHEREAS Ravi Ragbir was convicted of wire fraud 18 years ago, served time, and paid his “debt to society”;

WHEREAS he was a legal immigrant with a green card which was negated because of his conviction,

WHEREAS he has gone to every check-in and otherwise complied with e everything required by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), as well as married and become an exemplary member of the community, and

WHEREAS Ravi was without notice detained, jailed and sent to Florida to be deported, without a fair hearing, and without regard for a balance of the equities since he has followed all requirements and, but for the one mistake, has lived without repeating that error, and has become a community leader and a leading force in the New Sanctuary Movement,

WHEREAS District Judge Katherine Forrest has determined that his current detention is unmerited and ordered Ravi Ragbir let out of detention, yet he still faces the possibility of deportation on February 10;

WHEREAS Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez has proposed and submitted a special bill (HR4937) which would give Ravi Ragbir permanent legal status in the United States as a valuable member of our community;

THEREFORE the Village Independent Democrats endorses and supports HR4937 and calls upon the House of Representatives to enact this bill, grant Ravi Ragbir permanent legal status and prevent his deportation now or in the future.

 

Passed unanimously at VID General Membership Meeting – February 8, 2018

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Feb 012018
 

The start of the New Year was all about standing up and being counted…

Throughout Manhattan VID Members and friends gathered to support progressive agendas.  At the January 11 General Meeting, Erik Coler got the ball rolling on standing up and being counted by introducing his newest idea – posting anti-Trump fliers in coffee shops to stimulate membership in VID.  [Meeting Minutes Here]

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NYS Comptroller, Tom DiNapoli

This meeting also hosted NYS Comptroller Tom DeNapoli who regaled the club with a speech congratulating Jerry Nadler, Brad Hoylman, Deborah Glick, and others. He complimented the VID holiday party and spoke of the intricacies of the comptroller’s office and the financial soundness of the city, then took questions about prison reform, Medicaid and nursing homes.

On the Immigration front, Keen Berger and Erik Bottcher reported on the demonstration for Ravi Ragbir, head of the New Sanctuary Coalition.  Erik Bottcher spoke about the rally, which was attended by Borough President Gale Brewer and City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, and during which two Councilmembers, Jumaane Williams and Ydanis Rodriguez, were arrested.  Keen also mentioned Jean Montreal, who also is in danger of deportation.  

The Environmental Committee met on January 19th.  Nat Johnson, Chair of the committee, reported that the Trump administration was undermining EPA regulations, which required public hearings, not being held in New York.  He urged members to register objections at the EPA website.  The night before they had met with the Manhattan Solid Waste Management organization.  

Laurie Hardjowirogo solicited volunteers for the True Blue anti-IDC phone banks.   

On Saturday, January 20th a large number of VID Members and friends gathered for the Women’s March. (See the slideshow for Tony Hoffmann’s pictures).

On January 22, VID Member, Livvey Mann host a second-home registration phone bank. 

On January 25th there was an anti-IDC demonstration in front of Senator Flanagan’s office. 

And, then there were the Inauguration festivities for Councilmember Carlina Rivera and for Council Speaker Corey Johnson (also depicted in the slide show – thank you Tony).

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Jan 172018
 

DACA First…Contact Your Elected Leaders

Village Independent Democrats urges support of DACA first.   We stand with elected officials, law enforcement professionals, faith and civic leaders in supporting Dreamers and DACA recipients.  We recognize their enormous positive and productive role in our communities, and their contributions to our schools, workplaces, and shared prosperity as a nation.

Here’s our message.  Copy and send,liberally, to: 
Congress Member Jerold Nadler 
Sen Charles Schumer, 
Congress Member Carolyn Maloney
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

Dear Congressman Nadler,

Village Independent Democrats stands with elected officials, law enforcement professionals, faith and civic leaders in supporting Dreamers and DACA recipients.  We recognize their enormous positive and productive role in our communities, and their contributions to our schools, workplaces, and shared prosperity as a nation.
 
Since June 2012, nearly 800,000 young people who came to the United States as children have passed background checks and received permission to live and work in America.  Through DACA, they have advanced their education, started businesses, and established themselves as integral members of our society.
 
Ending DACA would put these young people at risk of deportation and separation from their families and our communities.  Not only would this would be senselessly cruel, it would remove hundreds of thousands of young men and women from our workforce.  It would cost the country an estimated $460.3 billion in lost Gross Domestic Product over a decade and tens of billions more in contributions to Medicare and Social Security.  It would force businesses to incur $3.4 billion in turnover costs.
 
In late June, attorneys general from ten states threatened to sue the Trump Administration if it does not end DACA; but twice that number wrote to encourage the administration to maintain and defend the initiative
 
We urge President Trump, Senators Schumer and Gillibrand, and our members of Congress to keep their political and moral commitments to preserve DACA.  We also encourage President Trump and Republicans and Democrats in Congress to enact legislation that replaces fear and uncertainty with permanent protection for Dreamers. The recently introduced stand-alone Dream Act of 2017 would do that and we support it.
 
Dreamers and DACA recipients have enriched and strengthened American cities, states, schools, businesses, and religious institutions.  It is a moral imperative that the the country recognize them, value them, and stand with them.  Let them fulfill their destiny in the United States of America.  

Thank you,

 

Erik Coler                                                                               
President                                                                                
Village Independent Democrats

Executive Committeee
Village Independent Democrats

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